Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"The Wheels on the bus go round and round...but the Muslim student gets special treatment because her family prohibits music

Ah yes, that demon music which will surely send you to Hell on a first-class rail.  In Kindergarten the only Muslim student in class (as far as I can tell) is allowed to wear headphones so she cannot hear the music played and the songs sung.  What a shame for the little tyke, made to look foolish and stand out in her class by being the only one not singing and clapping to the songs.  And all because her parents are following the tenets of Islam and the behavior of Muhammad....

(1) "Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance."
(2) "On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress."
(3) "Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage."
(4) "This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones." Someone asked, "When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?" and he said, "When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful."
(5) "There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ...." -- 'Umdat al-Salik r40.0  (Thanks to Robert Spencer)
When I point out this very fact, I am called a misunderstander of Islam, bigot, racist, anti-Muslim and a hate-monger but when it happens in a situation like this, it is a "cultural thing" and we mustn't disturb that delicate and fine balance which dictates how we speak.
No PC here, the banning of music for one pupil is a travesty against the school, other students and our principle of fair treatment for everyone.  All are equal, except those Muslims who are not.

From December 19

Muslim kindergartener permitted to block out music

MONTREAL — A kindergarten student in Saint-Michel will be allowed to wear a noise-reducing headset in class, because her parents' say their religious beliefs don't allow the five-year-old girl to listen to music.
Though music is an integral part of the kindergarten program, the principal of Bienville School decided to grant the accommodation request made by a Muslim family and allow their daughter to block out music at school.
"The principal thinks the family is acting in good faith," said Diane de Courcy, president of the Montreal School Commission. "(They) would have otherwise kept the child at home."
Kindergarten is not mandatory, and teachers say if the student is being sent into the program, barring the new immigrant from certain activities isolates her from the rest of the class.
"I find it sad for the child and the teacher, who may have to redesign her teaching program as a result," said Elaine Bertrand of union the Montreal Teachers' Alliance.
The school and school board felt the decision was a fair compromise to build trust with the family and help the child integrate into the school system sooner.
"Once she's in grade one, she'll have to follow the same curriculum as everyone else," said de Courcy.
No, she won't.  As schools give in to the demands of Islam, more demands will be made, and with the precedent already in place those demands will be capitulated to.  The minority wins at the expense of the majority. 
Many teachers argue the issue is not strictly about music or religion, but rather the pressure they feel to reasonably accommodate a variety of demands from health-related issues to religion.
And the pressure comes almost exclusively from Muslims.
Montreal Teachers' Alliance is asking for stricter guidelines for requests.
Education Minister Line Beauchamp said she instead supports the school's individualized approach.
"It would be impossible to develop a framework to address such a wide variety of reasonable accommodation requests," she said.
Get off your lazy butt and work for your salary, Beauchamp.  Of course you can make the framework, but it will be difficult to institute as it won't favor Muslims.    

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